Riley Hackford-Peer @ LET IT STAND Rally in Salt Lake City, UT

Utah’s LGBT Community is on fire! After experiencing life as equal citizens for a couple weeks, do you think that any LGBT Utahn will quietly acquiesce to second-class citizenship?

Hell no! – Troy Williams

Just after the Obama Administration announced Thursday they would recognize all the same-sex marriages performed in Utah last week, several thousand people rallied in Salt Lake City as they delivered a petition with 60,000 signatures to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

Holding signs that read ‘Utah is 4 Love,’ and ‘Follow the Golden Rule,’ rally participants, many who shared photos on social media using the hashtag #letitstand, came prepared to deliver speeches, letters and a stack of signed petitions – with about 58,000 signatures – to the governor.

‘Gov. Herbert is working to marginalize, demean and discriminate against the LGBT community … but we are going to approach everything with love,’ he said.

One ‘love letter’ came from Ken Kimball-Santana and his partner, Miguel Santana, who were at the rally. They posted their letter on the event’s Facebook page.

‘Love is inclusionary and is never diminished,’ the couple wrote in the letter. ‘To the contrary, the more we give, the more it grows.’

Wednesday Gov. Gary Herbert said the state would not honor the marriages performed after Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned December 20, 2013.

Gov. Gary Herbert decided Wednesday, based on an opinion issued by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, to put state recognition of Utah’s same-sex newlyweds ‘on hold’ after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby striking down Amendment 3.


Herbert said in a statement that Holder’s announcement ‘comes as no surprise’ and that state agencies have been directed to comply with federal law when providing federal services.

What also comes as no surprise is the bigoted homophobic response from the usual bigoted homophobic suspects, would that they put this much ‘enthusiasm’ and dedication into doing actual good works in Jesus’ name:

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the federal government’s recognition ‘shows contempt for the states, the federal courts and Congress’ and adds to the administrative chaos.

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown called it ‘outrageous that the Justice Department would move so brazenly and publicly to undermine Utah’s standing constitutional marriage provision regulating marriage as the union of one man and one woman.’

A notable and particularly heartwarming speech was given by Riley Hackford-Peer in support of his parents.

My moms got married and and now he is just saying you’re not married ding ding. I don’t think that’s fair.

All we need is love.

Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer

H/T to @TroyWilliamsSLC
Don’t miss his Governor Herbert: This is the Place, Let It Stand! post for the best description of the rally.